NEW YORK (77 WABC) — Police in Seattle have dispersed protesters at the city’s Capitol Hill Occupation Protest (CHOP) area and have arrested at least 13 people following an emergency order by Mayor Jenny Durkan, CNN reported.
Police also tore down demonstrators’ tents in the city’s so-called occupied protest zone.
Seattle police tweeted about the executive order to vacate the location, “due to ongoing violence and public safety issues in the East Precinct/Cal Anderson Park area.”
They said anyone who stays or returns will be subject to arrest.
“All protestors are being asked to leave the immediate area within eight minutes. Safe exit is to the South and West,” police tweeted.
In demanding police reform following the killing of George Floyd, thousands of protesters occupied the four-to-six block area– known as CHOP or CHAZ.
But their effort was damaged in the past couple of weeks with five shootings, including two people getting killed.
— New York Post (@nypost) July 1, 2020